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Take cover immediately. Upon indication of gunfire -- either hearing it, seeing the shooter, or noticing bullets coming your way -- drop anything you're carrying and sprint for the nearest cover or concealment. Don't bother trying to figure out where the gunfire is coming from unless it's the only cover and concealment and the shooter may be occupying it. The nearest cover may be something lame like a wet gutter or a fire hydrant, but don't pause for your dignity -- it's your life. If there's absolutely no cover at all within a 2 to 3 seconds sprint from where you are, drop to the ground and crawl to it.
The other thing to do when exiting an indoor shooting situation is DON'T STOP! Keep going. Not only does this lessen the chances of you getting shot by the original shooter, but it makes the decision of who the first responders are going to shoot much easier. And that includes keeping you from being accidentally shot by the responders.
Hiding is only a temporary strategy, though, since a gunman like Cho may plan to kill everybody in a room. At least two of the students at Virginia Tech survived by playing dead, but if they had more time on their side, they and others could have gone on the offensive.
If you are inside with an active shooter, get outside NOW!!! A whole lot of people who get killed in school shootings, workplace shootings and spree shootings die because they crouch down behind something and the shooter walks right up to them. They don't see him coming because the same thing that hides them from his sight, blocks him from theirs. Don't hide behind doors or in closets. Head for the exit. If you have to throw a chair through a window to make an exit, DO IT! Getting into another room will give you time to open an escape route.
Originally posted by balon0
I would do the same and pretend to be dead. Chances are the shooter would just move on to find its next lively victims instead.